Miskito is a Misumalpan language spoken by about 180,000
in the northeast of Nicaragua and the east of Honduras. Miskito
is related to and contains loanwords from other Misumalpan
languages such as Sumo and Matagalpan, and also from English
For much of the 20th century Miskito-speaking children were
forbidden to speak Miskito in schools and had to speak Spanish.
However since the 1990s groups in Honduras have lobbied the national
government to make indigenous language legal in schools. Eventually
a pilot bilingual education was set up and has since been extended
for more than 20 schools.
Miskito alphabet and pronunciation
Sample text in Miskito
Upla sut ba kulkanka lakara, airaitka nanira bara pri, sin, aikuki, baku
takisa. Bamna sins laka bri baku, lukanka bain pri baku aimuihni lakara,
pana pana tabaikan kaiasa.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)